Tuesday, July 21, 2020

NCSLMA Handout: 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Your Book Collection

Many school librarians have worked hard to add award-winning narrative nonfiction to their collections, but studies show that 42 percent of elementary students prefer expository nonfiction. This session breaks down the five categories of nonfiction children’s books (four of which have an expository writing style), offers tips for updating book collections, and provides strategies for integrating a variety of nonfiction texts into reading and writing lessons. 

I’ve written about the 5 kinds of nonfiction for SLJ.

I’ve discussed the 5 kinds of nonfiction in this video created for Colby Sharp’s vlog.

Please see this blog post for my latest ideas on the topic.

AND Be on the lookout for 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, co-written with Marlene Correia, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Bridgewater State University and past-president of the Massachusetts Reading Association. Coming soon.     

Characteristics of the 5 Categories and Activity for Students

Vickie Blankenship's Student Document

Blended Books

Gateway Nonfiction

Re-thinking Your Collection

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